Scots get ready to log on to first ever online climate change debate

People across the country are counting down the hours to the first ever online climate change debate.

Organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a coalition of more than 60 organisations, the debate, chaired by former BBC journalist Alan MacKay, will be broadcast over the internet on Climate Day, Wednesday 13th April. As well as watching it live from the comfort of their own home, members of the public can also participate by sending questions to the studio and Tweeting feedback to the panel.   

Hundreds of people are expected to log on at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening (13th April) to see spokespeople from each of the main political parties go head-to-head to explain how their party will tackle climate change should they be elected.

Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said: “Our online climate change debate is a real chance for everybody to put their climate concerns directly to those who have the power to make a difference. We’ve heard from people who are going to gather around their laptop with friends, tune in on their smartphones and will be logging on via their PC. The more people who take part; the clearer the message to politicians that Scotland wants urgent action on climate change.” 

The online debate will mark the end of Scotland’s first ever Climate Day, a day that aims to put climate change at the top of the political agenda. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland has encouraged the political parties use this day to make clear commitments on how they plan to address climate change.

Scotland has the strongest climate change legislation in the world, but urgent political will is needed to ensure we can meet our ambitious emission reduction targets. The Scottish election will present voters with a chance to decide who can make the right decisions to ensure Scotland can meet these goals.

For full details on Climate Day (Wednesday 13th April) or the online debate visit www.stopclimatechaos.org/scottish-elections

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